The spoils are shared in a six-goal thriller in New Orleans

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BILOXI, MS – When the schedule for the 2016/17 GCPL season was announced, the Blackjacks must have thought they couldn’t have been dealt a worse hand (pun intended). With the withdrawal of the Lake City Gamblers, they found their first two opponents to be two-time GCPL (formerly LPL) champions, CD Motagua of New Orleans and NPSL side, the Shreveport Rafters.

However, Biloxi City took to the GCPL like a duck to water. Within the first 5 minutes, Patrick Grafton initiated a counter attack, bursting through the center of the field. Grafton then sent a through ball down the CD Motagua right hand side to Romar Smith, who took the ball down and delivered a low driven ball back to Grafton who turned and, on the spin, curled the ball into the top right hand corner.

The hosts, who had looked calm and slick on the ball, look stunned after going behind and took a few minutes to get back into rhythm. It didn’t take too long for them to get back in their stride and the majority of the first half saw Biloxi City pinned in their own half.

The breakthrough for the Motagua Blue Eagles came around the 25th minute through their star man, Reese Wilson. The number 9 received a ball on the edge of the box, turned and fired it low to the bottom right hand corner, leaving goalkeeper Kyle Gifford helpless.